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ALEX Lesson Plans
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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: "Bursting with Math"
Description: Using "Starburst" jelly beans to sort, graph and add.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Show Me the Money
Description: In this lesson, students identify coins, describe their attributes, learn their value, and count like coins. Students view an interactive web lesson that provides practice. Concepts are taught using songs, poems and games.   This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: What's the Chance?
Description: Students engage in opportunities to label events that are likely, unlikely, certain and impossible. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Rockin' Around The Clock
Description: This lesson will introduce students to the clock and telling time to the hour. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.

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Subject: Mathematics (K)
Title: Counting Backward from Ten
Description: Students will be introduced in this lesson to the concept of orally counting backward from ten using a book, number cards, and the Internet.

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Subject: Mathematics (K)
Description: In this lesson, students will use manipulatives to act out and solve simple addition problems.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Toy Store Money
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to use real coins to purchase items in a class department store. Students will work to determine which coins they need to purchase an object. They will also practice counting skills on the Internet before the big shopping day.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Counting Back and Counting On
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students model subtraction with connecting cubes while the teacher reads to them from counting books. Then, students make a train of connecting cubes and write in vertical and horizontal format the differences suggested by adding to and subtracting from the train, one cube at a time. Finally, students record in their learning portfolio for the unit a train showing one cube being taken away and record the difference in vertical and horizontal format. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations

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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Begin with Buttons: Looking Back and Moving Forward
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students review the work of the previous lessons through a variety of activity stations, one of which involves using an interactive Web site. Students model with buttons and record addition and subtraction.
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Descriptive Writing and the 100th Day of School
Description: Students write descriptions of 100th day bottles they create at home, write clues about their bottles for a guessing game, practice descriptive writing, and create a class book.

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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Practice Makes Perfect
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students focus on differences of numbers from 10. Students use a real or virtual calculator and play a concentration game.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: What's the Difference?
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use reasoning to find differences from numbers up to 10, using real and virtual calculators and an addition chart as tools. They also play a concentration game.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Numbers to Five
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make groups of zero to five objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities are used to help students begin to acquire a sense of number.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations

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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of Seven
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students construct and identify sets of seven objects. They compare sets of up to seven items and record a set of seven in chart form.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Connecting Numbers and Patterns
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, accommodates multiple learning styles by having students create patterns using different forms. For example, students use body movement or kinesthetic experiences to create and copy patterns. Students use knowledge and skills in new situations to develop a solid understanding of the process for creating patterns, recognizing pattern sequences, and representing patterns in different ways.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of 19 and 20
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore sets of 19 and 20. They count up to 20, construct and decompose sets up to 20, and record the decompositions.
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ALEX Learning Activities
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Title: Preschool Counting Practice
Digital Tool: Counting Cookies - Learn to Count Numbers 1234
Digital Tool Description: This video will be another tool to help Kindergarten and Preschool students who are beginning to learn to count. The first video emphasizes counting 1-4 with a cookie theme. It has lots of repetition and clearly shows 1 to 1 correspondence. The second video graphically represents counting 1-5 with turtles swimming under water.

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Title: Counting Kindergarteners
Digital Tool: Toontastic
Digital Tool Description: This tool will allow students to become actively engaged in lessons by creating their own video that corresponds with topics of the lesson.  The students will work in groups collaboratively to produce their short video.  This tool can be used with any content area.

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Title: Whiteboard Collaborative Draw
Digital Tool: Whiteboard Collaborative Draw App
Digital Tool Description: Whiteboard Collaborative Draw is a FREE app that is available for iPhone, iPod, iPad, and any Android device.    This app contains features that are just like a real whiteboard in the classroom.  These include: drawing on any photo that is saved to your device, save your drawings to your device, changing the markers transparency, a full spectrum color picker, and better drawing quality. This app can be used to help students learn how to solve fractions while remianing engaged during the entire lesson.  This app allows students to work on a problem at their desk on their own devices.  It allows students to draw, erase, and solve the problem.  By using this app to keep the students engaged they will in turn learn the material at hand without even realizing it!

Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Number and Operations Web Links
Description: This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to arithmetic. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
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Thinkfinity Learning Activities
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Celebrate the 100th day of school!
Description: As a class, students work in small groups to create a '' 100th Day'' book.

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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Illuminations Activities
Description: This Web page, from Illuminations, allows users to access all of Illuminations' online, interactive activities. The activities span the grades and encompass all areas of mathematics.
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